ERIC Number: ED312772
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
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Where Are the Models and Paradigms?
Achilles, C. M.; DuVall, L.
The administrator preparation reform issue is affected by a split in loyalties between the "professional" model and the liberal arts model. Whereas recent calls for reform follow the professional model, most professors of educational administration, who must implement the reforms, are products of the liberal arts tradition. This paper reviews literature and research in educational administrator preparation, particular attention to research criticisms, professor complacency, and cooperation between researchers in the field. Several criticisms of dissertation research are offered, and steps are suggested to avoid or remedy the problems. In addition, an introduction to practicum design is presented which considers the context, develops a concept of the ideal, analyzes and compares the present state to the ideal, notes the discrepancy, and searches for the problem at the heart of the discrepancy. Appended are definitions of the three categories of problems and two diagrams of purpose-practice relationships in educational administration research. (21 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (Columbia, SC, November 11-14, 1989).